Our REELLIFE series of panels are designed for screen industry professionals to extend their knowledge and networks. Whether you are a film, TV or gaming practitioner, film student or even a film fan curious about filmmaking you’ll find a REELLIFE session that will broaden your knowledge, answer questions and develop your skills.
Industry panels in 2017 included:
Friday 21 April, 4.30pm | | FREE
With more and more traditional media redundancies, how can you make a living writing and talking about film and screen culture? Hear from the founder and editor of FilmInk, Dov Kornits plus professional film writers on their tips on how to write about film in a digital world.
Panelists: Dov Kornits (FilmInk), Ella Donald (Brisbane Times), Rich Haridy (Freelance Film Critic), Zak Hepburn (National Film Reviewer for ABC)
Saturday 22 April, 11am | $10
How can you balance the biggest challenges in filmmaking – time and money? Is more pre-production time worth the expense? Highly experienced producers, including Sue Maslin, Jan Chapman and Trish Lake share their experiences of producing and provide tips on balancing time and money.
Panelists: Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker, Road to Nhill, Japanese Story), Jan Chapman (The Piano, Lantana, The Daughter), Trish Lake (Gettin’ Square, Early Winter, Frackman, My America) and Rob Cowan (Aquaman, San Andreas).
Saturday 22 April, 12.30pm | $10
Join one of Australia’s best known actors, Claudia Karvan, Kellan Lutz (Twilight, The Expendables), Isabel Lucas (Home and Away, Daybreakers, Transformers) and Temuera Morrison (Moana, Star Wars and the upcoming Aquaman) as she leads a panel of actors discussing how to make connections, stay on top of trends and become memorable outside of the audition.
Sunday 23 April, 12pm | FREE
The distribution landscape has changed in recent years with the introduction of streaming and new distribution options such as day and date releases. What does it take to secure distribution in Australia? What are distributors looking for? Hear from key players in the Australian distribution landscape.
Panelists: Alan Finney (Chair of Australian Film Institute), Seph McKenna (Head of Australian Production at Roadshow), Michael Selwyn (Former Managing Director of Paramount Pictures)
Sunday 23 April, 2.30pm | FREE
It seems easy enough to submit a film to a festival, but how do you stand out? How do you work out which festivals to even submit to and in what order? Why is attending film festivals so important and how do you make the most of them? Hear from festival professionals and filmmakers with significant festival experience.
Panelists: Tim Marshall (writer/director/editor of Followers, premiered at Sundance Film Festival and nominated for awards at Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival), Dr Gregory Dolgopolov (Festival Programmer – Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival and Russian Resurrection Film Festival) and and Richard Sowada (Director – Revelation Perth International Film Festival and Artistic Director of Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now!) and Lucy Fisher, festival director Gold Coast Film Festival.
Moderated by Gold Coast Film Festival director Lucy Fisher.
Friday 28 April, 2.30pm | FREE
Discussion around the changing face of cinematography working with new filming technologies (including camera innovation, VR, AR and drone photography) and post production workflows.
Panelists: Cutting Edge editors and Harrison Norris (Suicide Squad VR director)
Friday 28 April, 3.30pm | FREE
‘Outside-the-box’ thinking and an artist driven approach is what’s behind Cutting Edge’s imaginative VFX solutions. Meet the VFX artists behind some of the industry’s best work. See before-and-after case studies and hear first-hand how they work with directors and producers in creating truly unique and seamless VFX.
Panelists: Cutting Edge Editors and VFX specialists
Friday 28 April, 4.30pm | FREE
Crafting solid sound design is essential to your film’s success. So what steps can you take to create the best audio experience for your film project? Academy Award winning sound designer David White and AFI Award winning composer Christopher Gordon and other sound professionals share their tips.
Panelists: David White (Oscar Award winner), Christopher Gordon (AFI Award winner), Cutting Edge editors
Saturday 29 April, 1.30pm | FREE
Full time salaried jobs in the screen industry are like gold dust. For everyone else, following your screen career dream involves a patchwork of contracts. Experienced screen industry freelancers reveal their tips.
Panelists: Nicky Dade (freelance screenwriter and script editor), Laura Clelland (Essential Crew), Greta Harrison and Matthew Vaughan (Touched by an Angle Grinder)
Saturday 29 April, 2.45pm | FREE
Hear writer/directors share their experience being the creative lead on their projects. What were the challenges? How do you trust others when you feel so invested? What’s the one thing you should know if you want to be a writer/director? Three writer/ directors tell all.
Panelists: Michael Jones and Caitlin Farrugia (Lazybones), Romi Trower (What If It Works?), Dee McLachlan (Out of the Shadows)
Sunday 30 April, 1.15pm | FREE
How do you write characters for young women audiences in books, films and TV? What responsibility do you have as a writer to create characters that reflect real life for young audiences? A must for anyone whose writing is aimed at children or teens.
Panelists: Nadine Bates (Like A Photon), Nicky Dade (freelance screenwriter and script editor)
Sunday 30 April, 2.30pm | FREE
Simon Wincer is one of the world’s leading authorities on working with animals in film. The director of Free Willy, Phar Lap and The Lighthorsemen, as well as executive producer of The Man From Snowy River will be joined by professional animal trainers to discuss how to work with animals and bring their stories to life.
Panelists: Simon Wincer (Director – Free Willy, The Lighthorsemen, Phar Lap), Zelie & Craig Bullen (Animals All Round – credits on Red Dog, War Horse, Australia)
Sunday 30 April, 5pm | FREE
Join three highly experienced documentary makers in this discussion on finding audiences for documentaries. A must for anyone working on a short or feature documentary.
Panelists: Veronica Fury (Ella, Stranded, Electric Boogaloo), Mick Angus (Nothing On Earth, P.O.V, Salt), Anna Broinowski (Pauline Hanson: Please Explain!, Forbidden Lie$, Romancing The Chakra)